Posts Tagged ‘ war ’

Iraq: Two regime commanders killed in Islamic State attack

August 27, 2015
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Cyprus Mail [Cyprus]    

"Two senior Iraqi military commanders were killed on Thursday in suicide car bomb attacks claimed by Islamic State in Anbar province where pro-government forces are battling the insurgents, a military spokesman and police sources said. ... In a statement distributed online by supporters, Islamic State said it had targeted a main military headquarters, 'seeking revenge' for the killing of a senior fighter in a nearby battle. It said the attack involved four car bombs and machinegun fire and killed tens of 'rejectionist' officers and soldiers -- as the group refers to Shi'ite Muslims." (08/27/15)

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South Sudan: Kiir signs peace deal despite concerns

August 27, 2015
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NDTV [India]    

"South Sudan's president signed a peace deal on Wednesday to end a 20-month conflict with rebels, but he told regional African leaders at the ceremony that he had 'serious reservations.' President Salva Kiir, who has led South Sudan since it seceded from Sudan in 2011, had asked for more time for consultations last week, drawing threats of UN sanctions if he failed to ink it within a two-week deadline." (08/26/15)

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Afghanistan: Gunman in regime uniform kills two US troops

August 27, 2015
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera America    

"A man wearing an Afghan security force uniform opened fire Wednesday inside a base in southern Afghanistan, killing two U.S. soldiers in what appeared to be the latest so-called 'insider attack' to target foreign troops or contractors in the country. NATO said two men in Afghan uniforms were shot in return fire and wounded, correcting an earlier NATO statement that had said two gunmen attacked the soldiers before being shot dead. NATO said the gunman opened fire on a vehicle carrying international troops inside the base in Helmand province. Afghan authorities said the shooting took place after an altercation." (08/26/15)

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Let the Kurds mind their own business so we can mind ours

August 26, 2015
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The Canal The Canal
by Zachary Yost  

"US interventionists may have good intentions, but it is extreme hubris to believe that our government can redraw the world map on a whim. In his August 4 article for Rare, Tyler Koteskey highlights the Turkish government's recent offensive against Kurdish militia groups, who have been our strongest allies in the fight against ISIS. Unfortunately, Koteskey seems to buy wholesale into the idea that the United States should be the almighty arbiter of justice in the world. As a result, his analysis is off track." (08/25/15)

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How Turkey plays the War on Terror

August 25, 2015
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Philip Giraldi The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi  

"Given the plate of pottage that now exists in the Arab Middle East, Washington was understandably delighted when Turkey on July 23rd announced that bygones should be bygones and that henceforth it would play a more active role against ISIS. Or at least that's what Ankara seemed to be saying. U.S. warplanes would be able to use the NATO air base at Incirlik to bomb ISIS positions, a much shorter flight than from the facilities hitherto used in the Persian Gulf, though the move did not solve the real problem, which is that there are no forward observers on the ground to direct the bombs and missiles, which has meant that many planes return with their bomb loads intact. But the euphoria in Washington must have been short lived as Turkey quickly demonstrated that its use of the United States as a partner in an offensive against terrorists could be considered window dressing or possibly even cover for quite different activity, as ISIS was not the enemy that Ankara had in mind." (08/25/15)

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Can the Supreme Court force Congress to own the war on ISIS?

August 25, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Bruce Ackerman  

"The biggest casualty in the struggle against the Islamic State so far has been the American Constitution. One year into the battle, the president and Congress threaten to destroy all serious restraints against open-ended war-making by the commander-in-chief. President Obama waited for half a year before even submitting a draft resolution authorizing his initiative. But it is now obvious that the Republican-controlled Congress finds it politically convenient to stand on the sidelines and let Obama take the blame for the escalating instability. That leaves only the Supreme Court to halt this transformation of the president into a latter-day King George III."

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Egypt: Two policemen killed, 24 injured in bombing

August 24, 2015
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Business Standard [India]    

"Two Egyptian policemen were killed and 24 injured today when a bomb struck their vehicle north of Cairo, the latest in a series of attacks against the country's security forces being targeted by Islamic State terror group. The blast hit the bus carrying the policemen to work posts in a village in the northern Nile Delta province of Baheira, some 160 kilometres north of Cairo, Interior Ministry said." (08/24/15)

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Afghanistan: Kabul suicide bomb kills 12 including three US contractors

August 24, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"At least nine Afghan civilians and three U.S. civilian contractors were killed Saturday in a powerful suicide car bombing in Kabul, officials said. A vehicle of DynCorp International carrying staff members was 'tragically attacked,' the company said on its website. They were contractors of NATO's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, according to an e-mailed statement. More than 60 others -- all civilians including women and children -- were wounded, said Wahidullah Mayar, a Health Ministry spokesman. No one has claimed responsibility." (08/22/15)

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The war that Congress won’t declare

August 23, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps  

"A spreading conflict, regional instability, pressure for deepening involvement -- and no end ahead that I can see. I am an authority on the Middle East to the extent Donald Trump is an expert on men's hairstyles. We may have a clear definition of 'victory' and a smart path toward it. But if I don't know that plan, it's really not my fault. The government hasn't explained itself to me and the rest of the country; and for that reason, I can't hold anybody accountable for what goes right, or wrong, in the months ahead. There is a way that the government could explain itself; indeed, the government is required to do that by Article I of the Constitution, which assigns to Congress the power to 'declare war.'" (08/22/15)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/08/aumf-isis/402017/  

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Syria: Islamic State thugs behead leading antiquities scholar

August 19, 2015
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Irish Times [Ireland]    

"Islamic State (IS) fighters have beheaded an 82-year old archaeologist in the ancient city of Palmyra and displayed his body on a column in the main square of of the Graeco-Roman ruins. Syrian antiquities director Maamoun Abdulkarim said the family of Khaled al-Asaad had informed him that the scholar, who had worked for half a century as the head of antiquities in Palmyra, was executed on Tuesday after being detained and interrogated for more than a month. IS accused Mr Asaad of preserving 'idols,' attending 'infidel' conferences, and contacting officials following the jihadi takeover." (08/19/15)

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DPR: Shelling kills nine as clashes escalate

August 17, 2015
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"At least nine people have died in heavy exchanges of artillery fire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-[Donetsk People's Republic forces]. Seven were civilians and two were government soldiers, reports said. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the latest fighting suggested preparations for a new offensive by the Kiev government's forces." (08/17/15)

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Obama’s illegal war on ISIS

August 17, 2015
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Gene Healy Cato Institute
by Gene Healy  

"Last Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the start of America's campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). But after some 5,000 airstrikes -- with some 3,500 U.S. soldiers on the ground -- Congress has yet to hold an up-or-down vote on authorization for our latest Middle East war. A year of illegal warmaking represents a new low in the erosion of constitutional checks and balances: an occasion for the country to reflect on the dangerous drift toward the normalization of presidential warmaking. Yet that milestone garnered far less public attention than the clown-car wreck of the first GOP primary debate last week." (08/14/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/obamas-illegal-war-isis  

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Iraq: Baghdad truck bomb kills 76

August 13, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"At least 76 people were killed in a Baghdad food market after a massive truck bombed ripped through the area Thursday, reports said. Around 200 people were wounded in the blast in Sadr City, a district of Iraq's capital, Reuters said. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the attack." (08/13/15)

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Jeb Bush’s confused mindset over Iraq

August 12, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Poor Jeb Bush. He just can't get his mind straight on Iraq. Perhaps that's because he's reluctant to criticize his brother George W. Perhaps it's because he wants desperately to be president and is willing to take any position on Iraq that will garner him votes. Whatever the reason is, when it comes to Iraq Bush just keeps digging himself a deeper hole, as reflected most recently by an attack regarding Iraq that he leveled yesterday against Hillary Clinton, accusing Clinton and President Obama of a 'premature withdrawal' from Iraq, which, Bush says, enabled the rise of ISIS." (08/12/15)

http://fff.org/2015/08/12/jebs-bushs-confused-mindset-iraq/  

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Nigeria: At least 47 dead in market attack

August 12, 2015
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Business Standard [India]    

"At least 47 people were killed and dozens wounded in a bomb blast today in a part of northeast Nigeria frequently targeted by Boko Haram Islamists, a medical source and witnesses said. The explosion ripped through the weekly market in the village of Sabon Gari, around 135 kilometres (85 miles) south of Borno state capital Maiduguri, during peak trading around 1:15 pm, the sources said." (08/11/15)

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Turkey: Nine killed in wave of attacks; US consulate targeted

August 11, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Two women shot at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul on Monday and at least nine people were killed in a wave of separate attacks on Turkish security forces, weeks after Ankara launched a crackdown on Islamic State, Kurdish and far-left militants. ... A far-left group that killed a Turkish security guard in a 2013 suicide bombing of the U.S. embassy in Ankara claimed it was involved in Monday's attack. The Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C), considered a terrorist organisation by the United States and Turkey, said one of its members was involved, and called Washington the 'arch enemy' of the people of the Middle East and the world." (08/10/15)

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Yemen: First UN aid ship in four months docks under protection of ESC security

August 9, 2015
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Indianapolis Post    

"The first UN aid ship to arrive in war-torn Yemen for more than four months was under the armed protection of ESC Global Security while it unloaded more than 7,000 tonnes of food and medicine in Aden. ESC Global Security (ESCGS), one of the world's leading independent security consultants, was chosen by shipping agents to protect Han Zhi, which was chartered by the UNHRO to deliver vital supplies to Yemen." (08/09/15)

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Iraq and American Sniper

August 9, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"The Left criticized the movie for glorifying war and for celebrating Kyle's heroics. Clint Eastwood, who directed the movie and who is a conservative, responded that the movie made 'the biggest anti-war statement any film' can make. Both the Left and the Right, however, miss the central issue with respect to Iraq, one that I believe is the principal reason that Kyle and so many other American troops came back from the war psychologically disturbed: In this conflict, the United States was the aggressor nation and Iraq was the defending nation." (08/07/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/iraq-american-sniper/  

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Saudi Arabia: Suicide bombing at mosque for regime troops kills 15

August 6, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"A suicide bomb attack on the mosque of a local security force headquarters in Abha city in south-west Saudi Arabia killed 15 people on Thursday, most of them members of the force, the Saudi interior ministry said. The mosque in Abha, the capital of Asir province, was part of the local headquarters of the Special Emergency Force, the interior ministry security spokesman told state news agency SPA. The ministry earlier put the toll at 13, but later reported two of the wounded had died." (08/06/15)

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Israeli soldiers injured in West Bank car attack; Gaza blast kills four

August 6, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"Three Israeli soldiers were injured when a Palestinian driver rammed his car into them in the West Bank early Thursday, according to medics. Israel's military said that three pedestrians had been wounded in the attack near Nablus. It said forces shot and struck the assailant. ... In a separate incident, four Palestinians were killed and another 30 wounded in the southern Gaza town of Rafah along the Egyptian border, medical officials and local residents said. Reports suggested that an unexploded Israeli missile from last year's war was blamed for the blast." (08/06/15)

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Afghanistan: Suicide truck bomb kills six

August 6, 2015
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Six people have been killed after a Taliban suicide truck bomber struck a police compound in Afghanistan, in the first major insurgent attack since the announcement of leader Mullah Omar's death. The attack in Pul-i-Alam, the capital of the country's restive Logar province, south of Kabul, highlights growing insecurity as Afghan forces face their first summer fighting season without full Nato support." (08/06/15)

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Cameroon: Regime expels thousands of Nigerians, citing Boko Haram fight

August 5, 2015
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Independent [Ireland]    

"Cameroon has expelled more than 3,000 Nigerians as part of the fight against Nigeria's Islamic extremists who have launched attacks across borders, officials said. Authorities also arrested hundreds of Cameroonians and Nigerians accused of collaborating with Boko Haram, said Midjiyawa Bakary, governor of Cameroon's Far North region. They deported Nigerians who said they were refugees but were not staying at refugee camps and lacked identification papers." (08/04/15)

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US-led strikes in Iraq, Syria killed 459 civilians

August 4, 2015
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Spartanburg Herald Journal    

"An independent monitoring group says some bombings carried out by the U.S.-led coalition targeting the Islamic State group likely have killed hundreds of civilians. The coalition had no immediate comment on the report released Monday. The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group, says it counted at least 459 suspected civilian fatalities in 57 airstrikes it believes the coalition carried out in Iraq and Syria over the last year." (08/03/15)

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Twenty-five years later: A look back at “the other good war”

August 3, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"[B]y late May of 1991, when I returned home from my tour of duty as a Marine infantry NCO, the war seemed an unqualified success. Saddam's forces had been routed with fewer than 300 Americans killed and only 800 wounded. Parades were held. Medals were awarded. Returning troops in uniform got free beer at airport bars. Yes, really -- I drank my Budweiser on layover at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. And I drank the Kool Aid that followed, too: Desert Storm had blown away the dark cloud cover of Vietnam and looked set to go down in history as a 'good war' not unlike World War II. How quickly many of us, myself included, forgot that World War II had led to 45 years of 'cold war' with 'hot' interspersions in Korea and Vietnam, turning America into a permanent garrison state." (08/02/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2450  

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War isn’t actually pointless

July 29, 2015
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Paul Rosenberg Freeman's Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg  

"For the ruler, war has a clear and compelling purpose: it gets rid of competitors. States fight. That is as accurate as any statement of history that can be found. It was true 6,000 years ago and it is true now. Conflict is part of the core nature of states; they compete like animals over limited territories. Thus, war serves them. Individuals can fight too, of course, but ask yourself this: Among the 200 or so human beings who live closest to you, how many fistfights have you seen over the last few years? On the other hand, among the 200 or so states on this planet, several dozen have had wars over the last few years. Doesn't that say something about the nature of states versus the nature of individuals?" (07/28/15)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/war-isnt-actually-pointless/  

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